Biologist Confirm White Phase Eastern Turkey!

 

I wrote about the white or smoke phase turkey about a month ago. I had many people argue that it was a domestic hybrid. Biologist have confirmed that this is not the case. Just like albino or melanin animals, white phase turkey occurs naturally. Around 1% of turkeys are white phase, and 95% of those are hens. That is what makes this story so special.

Beau Ribble shot this turkey on opening day of Arkansas turkey season. He has now had local biologist come out to confirm this is not a domesticated turkey. Here is his story from the Facebook group Turkey Hunters

 

Now that he has been confirmed as a “white phase eastern” by local biologist. I can share my opening day kill, I don’t know how I will ever top this one! Caught him on camera about 2 months ago then he disappeared and never caught a picture of him again, until the day before season started. 9:45am opening morning he gobbled at a glass call, two minutes later “The Sharp County Spook” was no more for this world. Notice the white/cream color nails and spurs, white phase are incredibly rare. Anybody wants to argue this is a domestic bird that went wild, sorry you don’t know what your talking about. Google “rare white phase tom turkey”, it’s amazing that he could even reach adulthood. Will measure him out tomorrow prior to taxidermist visit. Enjoy the pictures

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